I have been reading a lot of threads on this site, and speaking with friends/ co-workers who are gun owners and have decided I am going to purchase my first handgun. It's mostly to put some holes in paper with the guys, but also for home defense .
I live in a really good area, and don't feel threatened, but my whole life I have wondered "what if?". I have never been robbed or anything like that, and obviously hope I never am in the future.
I will NOT be carrying, as I live in CA and have no desire to do so.
I like to think of myself as a mature, intelligent, adult with a good amount of common sense.
My girlfriend will also be shooting with me from time to time.
I have no children, (it's just me and my gf)
I need some opinions from the experts here on tw.
I was thinking of the Springfield xd 9mm, do you guys think this is a good starter gun?
What is a good reputable brand for 9mm ammo? What is the difference on the "grain"?
I have been reading as much as I can on gun safety, in preparation for my handgun safety certificate but I want to be as educated as possible before I make my purchase- does anyone know of any online resources? I've searched " first time gun owner" etc. But most sites want to give you advice on what gun to buy.
Last but not least, is there any rules/ etiquette for the shooting range? I've only been one time about 10 years ago. I will be doing a first time class at the local range before I purchase, but I do not want to make any range faux pas.
Thanks for reading, your opinions are appreciated!